Jones, Bradley hold off Missouri St. for 61-59 win
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Warren Jones scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer, and Bradley withstood a second-half rally by Missouri State for a 61-59 win on Saturday night.
A pair of free throws by Austin Ruder pulled Missouri State (8-12, 2-6 Missouri Valley), which lost its sixth-consecutive game, within one with 1:56 to play.
Tramique Sutherland found Jones for a 3-pointer 25 seconds later to make it 60-56.
Missouri State’s Chris Kendrix and Bradley’s Josh Cunningham each made 1 of 2 free throws and the Braves led by four with 15 seconds remaining.
Ruder’s jumper cut it 61-59 just six seconds later but missed a jumper to tie it with three seconds left and a potential winning 3 as time expired.
Bradley (7-14, 2-6), which shot 55 percent from the field and made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half, made just two field goals in the final 11 minutes.
Ruder led Missouri State with 15 points.